LeeCo Board Seeks Input

The Lee County Board has scheduled a public hearing for next Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock on plans to build a new county Conservation Department building. Meeting yesterday(Thur), supervisors voted 4-1…with Gary Folluo in the minority…to give the community a chance to weigh in on the project, which will be paid for with a $510,000 bond issue approved last week. Continue Reading

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Three Southwest Iowa Counties Only Ones Still in Drought

After a rainy June and a cool July, Iowa’s starting August almost entirely drought-free. A new report from the National Drought Mitigation Center finds only parts of three counties in far southwest Iowa are still in the very lowest level of drought. Center climatologist Brian Fuchs says all of those heavy downpours in June were a big benefit to Iowa, though they came at a cost. Governor Branstad is asking President Obama to declare 22 more Iowa counties federal disaster areas from damage sustained in storms from June 26th through July 7th. Thirty-five counties statewide have already been designated federal disaster areas for earlier storms, flooding and tornadoes. Continue Reading

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Child Care Employee in Jail for Child Endangerment

An employee at Little Angels Child Care in Burlington was taken to jail today after detectives obtained a warrant for an incident that took place July 10th. According to a press release from the Burlington Police Department, 26-year-old Adrianne Raker of West Burlington has been accused of leaving bruises and finger imprints on a child after the child refused to take a nap. The parents were notified as soon as other daycare employees saw the marks. The marks on the child lasted for a least 10 days. During an interview with detectives, Raker claimed to have bear hugged the child in an effort to calm him/her down. Continue Reading

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Progress Made Since Burlington Crime Meeting

It’s been a few weeks now since Burlington police officers, the mayor, the county attorney and the community all got together to talk about recent crime in the Burlington area.  

(Photo from Crime Prevention Meeting)

We thought we would follow up with Burlington’s Police Chief Doug Beaird to see what’s happened since that chat. He said that the new street lights they had installed on south hill made a big difference because things are more visible… Beaird also mentioned that if the city council decides to approve possible curfew changes, it would be a big help as well… Currently the curfew for kids on school nights is 11pm. Continue Reading

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First Ever Burlington Faith Festival

You’ve probably seen the signs in yards around Burlington lately for the first ever Faith Festival. For those who don’t know, it’s a 4-day event put on by the Des Moines County Catholic Parishes and will feature guest speakers like Bruce Brockway, who says it won’t feel like a church service, it’s just a chance to meet more people in the community, listen to their stories, and talk about their faith…. Brockway’s 10-year-old son Garrett passed away not too long ago, which was a time when Brockway says his faith was put to the test… There will be two speakers each night from people in the community. Dana Atkins will also be a quest speaker and gave us a preview of what she’ll be talking about at the Faith Festival… Continue Reading

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N. London Woman Killed in Cycle Crash

a 59-year-old New London woman is dead due to a traffic accident early yesterday(Weds) morning on Highway 34, 2 miles east of Mt. Pleasant. Debra Mason-Rice was riding a moped and was killed after being hit from behind by a car driven by 24-year old Corey Price of Coralville around 6:25am (wed).   The accident is still under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. Continue Reading

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Accused Shooter Arrested at Great River Medical Center

Busted. That’s what local police are now saying about a 35-year old man they took into custody last(Weds) night in the lobby at Great River Medical Center. Earl Dunn of Burlington, who also has connections to Chicago, is facing an Attempted Murder charge, for allegedly shooting 37-year old Kelon Tucker of Chicago, early Tuesday morning, at the intersection of Acres and 12th Streets, in an argument over a woman.  

Burlington detectives and Des Moines County deputies drove Dunn to the county jail to await a court hearing. In the mean time, his bond is $25,000, cash only. Continue Reading

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Moped driver hit and killed near Mt. Pleasant

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 59-year-old New London woman is dead due to a traffic accident early this morning on Highway 34, just 2 miles east of Mt. Pleasant. The woman was riding a moped and was killed after being hit from behind by a vehicle at around 6:25 this morning. No names have been released yet and the investigation is ongoing. Continue Reading